All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey, but there’s no need to book the first flight to California. Paris is still buzzing with activity this October.

Film

Truffaut

Most famous for The 400 Blows, François Truffaut is the subject of a huge retrospective at the Cinémathèque Française covering his work as a director, screenwriter and producer. Hugely influential in the ‘French New Wave’, these films are a must see. For the avid fans who want to peer into the mind of the man, there is also an exhibition displaying his annotated scripts, notebooks and montages. Running from the 8th October – 25 January. Click here

Star Wars fans! It is your last chance to see the original costumes of Darth Vader, Chewbacca et al. This exhibit at the Cité du Cinéma would not feel out of place at a theme park with sections where you can try on an electric bracelet or create your own character. Last day is on October 5th. Click here

Music

Pitchfork

Beloved by audiophiles the world round, the internet music magazine Pitchfork has also hosted a festival in Paris since 2011. This year’s festivities are headlined by Scotch indie folksters Belle & Sebastian who have recently penned their own musical film God Help The Girl. If you like your music indie and/or electronic then this festival has much to give. Click here

If you prefer something a little more classic, the aesthetically (and acoustically) beautiful La Sainte Chapelle is hosting classical concerts through October. For a perfect depiction of autumn, listen out for Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Art

Nuit Blanche

October 4th. 7pm > 7am. An all night spectacle that is absolutely worth staying up for. Performance art on bridges, sculptures on the roofs of buildings, street art, light installations and even some indoor exhibitions, the city becomes an Autumn wonderland for all to explore. Click here

It is 200 years since Marquis de Sade died, one of Paris’ most unusual creations. To commemorate the original sadist, the Musée d’Orsay has curated an exhibition of work inspired by desire, excess and deviation with Picasso, Rodin and Goya among others. Click here

Food and Drink

Wine

Champange, Bordeaux…Montmatre? It is hard to believe but tucked away in the garden of a monastery in the 18ème is a private vineyard. To celebrate the harvest there are classes, concerts, markets and fireworks from the Sacré Coeur. This years festival runs from the 8th to the 12th of October. Find the programme here

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